2018 Setup at BCSME

Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:42 am

tomvanhoy wrote:Looking great. The layout has come a long way since I saw your work in Indy! Inspiring!


Thank You Tom

There has been much change since then and a lot more to come to make a better display.
Maybe we will see you next year in Salt Lake City.
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:59 am

Day Two of weekend one.
There being no major issues leftover from Saturday we decided to manufacture one.
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Here is the layout early in the day before the public showed up. Jayden was there today. He is a great little guy. He likes trains. No let me put it this way, HE LIKES TRAINS! His father is on the left. His mother is in another picture with him. He ran the GuiTTar display. He ran trains on the mainline. He is a Great help at our displays.

Tibi decided to juggle fours trains early in the day.
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There was a long coal train and a short passenger train. That's Jayden and mum in the background.
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And a mixed freight drag.
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And another passenger train.
There were problems. Everything would run well then the system would shut down. After a while we realised that we were running on Tibis z21 (white) system and that with four running trains, lighted passenger cars, trains in the staging yard and other loads on the track, we were overloading the z21. We swapped in Terrys Z21 (Black) system and the problem was resolved. Discussions were had about adding a booster.(in TT-Tracks topic)
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:16 am

We worked on the scenery on one of Tibi's modules.
20180722_Scenery Work.jpg
Here it is with the glue drying on the first coat of grass.
More was added to fill in the bald patches. It is not perfect but it is a lot better than the bare foam it was.
We hope to work on Terry's modules next weekend and perhaps another of Tibi's.
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:29 am

How about a quick pictorial tour of the display.

We start with the GuiTTar layout. It continues to receive many good comments and has elicited much discussion. The only change I have made is to add a mirror so I can see one turnout without standing up.
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The first return loop. I have still not decided what to do about the scenery. It will have to be simple and robust to stand up to the handling it gets when we load and unload it from the van. It should have plastic guards along the outer edges of the loops.
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The east side of the display. The first module is the one with the new spur. No idea yet what industry to add. Then is module One, the first module made, in its current incarnation. The corner is the first large corner I made. The trees need renewing. This corner has been in every display I have done.
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The view along the North side of the display. The first module is Tibi's LH crossover module, the staging yard access module, Broern's Baseball Diamond Module, the station module, two filler modules and then Bjoern's long bridge module pair.
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:49 am

A closer look at the modules before the bridge. The Baseball Diamond, a station module (needs work), two filler modules and then the bridge.
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Looking back from the Station Corner to the bridge. Much change is planned for this area. Right by the bridge is the backtrack access module with the new spur to the front, a four track module, module seven with many changes planned to it, and then the station corner.
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Looking along the West side of the display from the station corner. Major changes are planned for this area. We start with the station corner module under us, then the industrial access module, the farm module, the bridge module, a short crossover module, the filler module, and the new crossover module.
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Looking North along the West side of the display. Below us is the 2/3 module made but cutting up an existing module in to 1/3 and 2/3 pieces. Next is half of the new two piece wide corner. Behind that is the unholy mess of wiring that will be fixed with a new module. Beyond that is the number 6 crossover module.The success of this modified turnout module is going to cause major changes in the display. So far it the modified turnouts have handled anything we have run through it at any speed. I have yet to test it with Triang equipment.
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Just beyond the second half of the corner is Bjoern's second bridge module, the sway back module and the second return loop. I have yet o build the mirror image sway back module and are currently not sure I will. At least not in the same way. I would like gentler curves on it.
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:54 am

All day Sunday we ran European equipment.
We ran one important train - The Beer Train.
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We had our usual complement of little hands. No major damage done. Thinking about putting up a fine jar for that.
We all have a few projects to work on this week,
It was not too hot a day.
It was a good weekend.

Next weekend looks to be very hot so we will see how we fare.
It doesn't look like we will have an August setup at BCSME, too many schedule conflicts, but we are looking at a possible September setup to test things out before Chilliwack in October.
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby dileTTante » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:29 pm

A few more photos. Two of them show Bill and Jayden at work. Two show that the beer train also included wine and a car for sitting and imbibing. Last one shows a train headed by a Beckmann BR38 passing through desolate landscape.

- Terry C
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:40 pm

Saturday of the second weekend of the display, like tomorrow is going to be hot!
First thing I test ran a Triang TT-Scale steam engine. Ran pretty good except for the noise. The passenger cars had issues with the number six crossover. Their back to back wheel spacing is only 9mm. The crossover was modified to handle wheel sets with a 10mm spacing. Going to work on the cars to widen their wheel spacing.
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If can make these work we will have a third set of equipment to run
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:43 pm

The GuiTTar layout continues to fascinate people
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Re: 2018 Setup at BCSME

Postby Bill Dixon » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:50 pm

A quiet moment.
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Seemed to be fewer people today. Seemed to be more than usual hands on incidents. Going to put fine signs around the layout tomorrow.
Got hot. No GOT HOT! We had enough by 4:30 when we had a bad derailment. Shut down then.

Going to be hotter tomorrow.
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